Can you hear me now?

Psalm 5:1-3

As is normal the Psalmist has been worshiping and waiting for YHWH in the morning, but he seems not to be heard. Who doesn’t want to be heard? The small child who clamors for their dad or mom’s attention by tugging their pant leg, pulling their finger, or in the last case scenario throwing a tantrum would like to be heard. The dad or mom whose teenage son or daughter ignores their parental plea would like to be heard. The employee who shamelessly asks tough questions, which the boss stealthily avoids would like to be heard. Strangely enough this feeling of not being heard can be experienced when communicating with the I AM. The Psalmist groaned and cried desperately for his King and his God to hear his words, but the unsettling silence proved unnerving. As humans an unnoticed or unrecognized response can lead us to fear and potentially panic.

Why? Why do we want to be heard so much? Why are we so desperate for others to hear us? Perhaps being made in the image of our Creator causes us to want to be heard because he wants to be heard?

Best practices: for an angry man to avoid sin

Psalm 4

Life is permeated with undesirable people situations that cause distress. The 21st century is not unlike any other era in that people have always been skilled at the art of destroying others. Observing or being on the receiving end of malice is disheartening and deserves loathing. Though the attack from others can be paralyzing the Psalmist provides a defense for the unsettling experience. Remember the attacks are futile because God’s righteousness is impenetrable. So what should one do in light of the barrage of attacks and purposeful destruction? Heed the Psalmists counsel…

1. Recognize your righteousness is in God

2. Pray and know that YHWH listens to the prayer of the godly

3. Enclose yourself in the proper place: your bedroom and ponder silently

4. Remember to worship YHWH

5. Though often elusive trust YHWH

6. Patiently wait for the light of YHWH’s face

7. Expect exuberant abundant joy

8. Safely and confidently rest in YHWH

Another persons desperate act to destroy your earthly identity is a failed attempt at dismantling your eternal identity in Christ. An exercise complementing the Psalmist’s counsel is to reflect on what he doesn’t suggest to do.

Resolved 17

As a young man Jonathan Edwards gave himself 70 resolutions to read weekly and pursue relentlessly. This 13th year of the 2nd millennium I have decided to reread and meditate upon his words, which so intrigued me as a teenager.

17 Resolved – That I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

Hmm – a keen eye on the end.

Resolved 16

As a young man Jonathan Edwards gave himself 70 resolutions to read weekly and pursue relentlessly. This 13th year of the 2nd millennium I have decided to reread and meditate upon his words, which so intrigued me as a teenager.

16 Resolved – Never to speak evil of anyone so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account, except for some real good.

Hmm – Oh to use my tongue for the good others rather than of tearing down.

Resolved 15

As a young man Jonathan Edwards gave himself 70 resolutions to read weekly and pursue relentlessly. This 13th year of the 2nd millennium I have decided to reread and meditate upon his words, which so intrigued me as a teenager.

15 Resolved – Never to suffer the least motions of anger towards irrational beings.

Umm – Some things are just not worth spending your emotional or physical energy on because of who is involved.

Resolved 14

As a young man Jonathan Edwards gave himself 70 resolutions to read weekly and pursue relentlessly. This 13th year of the 2nd millennium I have decided to reread and meditate upon his words, which so intrigued me as a teenager.

14 Resolved – Never to do anything out of revenge.

Hmm – If I extrapolate this statement into every relationship in my life this is gutting. How uplifting to be free from vengeance.